DIRECTV extends European football coverage across LATAM
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 01 August 2015
Spain's La Liga, England's Premier League, France's Ligue 1 and Portugal's Primeira Liga have found a Latin American home in DIRECTV, as the pay-TV operator is extending its coverage of European football across the region.
Next season, DIRECTV Sports will air each weekend five La Liga games, eight from the Premier League, two from Ligue 1 and one from Portugal. The games will also be available in streaming through DIRECTV Play and second-screen content will be released through the DIRECTV Sports App and directvsports.net.
French and English leagues will be the first to start playing. From 7 August until the end of the season, DIRECTV is to cover the most important matches each week. Portugal's competition is to kick off a week later, on 14 August.
The first Spanish game to be broadcast will be Spain's Super Cup, between La Liga and the Copa del Rey winners. In two matches, on 14 and 17 August, Barcelona and Athletic de Bilbao will fight for the first official title of the season, then La Liga will kick off on 22 August.
Following a major deal between ESPN and Mediapro to deliver La Liga and Liga Adelante across Latin America, the Spanish distributor has also agreed to sell five matches a week during the 2015/2016 season to DIRECTV, including in the package the programmes Liga Show, Liga World, La Previa de La Liga and Lo Mejor de la Liga.